Cross country opens season at Smyrna
By Sparta Live | August 27, 2008 12:00 am
The White County High School cross country team got their season underway with a midstate event in Smyrna on Tuesday.
More than 600 runners (boys and girls combined) competed in the Midstate Cross Country Association’s (MSCCA) preseason event at Sharp Springs Recreational area. Approximately 80 different high schools across the midstate sent runners to the event that was split up into four different divisions, two each in boys and girls.
It was no surprise who was the top finisher out of the 10 WCHS runners who competed. Warriorette senior, Markie Voyles, led the way for her team finishing third out of 141 girls representing 19 schools in the McBeth division. Voyles finished the 3.1 mile course in 20:19, which was two seconds behind second place finisher, Ashley Power from Pope John Paul. The winner of the McBeth division was three-time Class AAA state champion and national winner at the Foot Locker race, Kathy Kroeger from Independence. Her time was 18:31. The winner of the other girls’ division, Mankin, was Kaylor Murray from Brentwood Academy, who finished in 20:34.
Three other girls from Sparta also ran in the McBeth division. Alex Stove finished 69th with a time of 27:18. The other two runners, Julie Elrod and Tiffany Coronado finished in 35:19 and 35:49, respectively.
The Sparta boys had six runners compete in the boys Whelan Division that contained 225 runners representing 27 schools.
Warrior junior, Casey Bales, was the top finisher among the WCHS runners coming in 40th with a time of 19:13. The next highest finisher for the Warriors was Jonathan Craig at 141st with a time of 22:01. Other Warrior runners and their finish times were Zach Hodges (22:05), Jack Bales (22:25), Bo Cass (25:07) and Josh Cumming (27:46). The overall winner of that race was Steven Snyder from Macon County in a time of 17:44. The top runner in the Bumbalough division was Oakland’s Drew Thompson with a time of 16:53.
There are several different MSCCA events throughout the year during which the runners accumulate points.
The next race for the WCHS runners will be this weekend at Macon County for the Subway Invitational.